World Health Organization (WHO) has established a number of observances, aimed to raise awareness about different health problems and their prevention. The International Ear Care Day that annually falls on March 3, is one of such campaigns.International Ear Care Day was established following the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing in 2007. The day of the celebration was chosen March 3, as far as 3.3, the date of the observance, resembles two ears.
Today complete of partial hearing loss is the most common form of disability. According to the data of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People, The European Association of Hearing Aid Professionals and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Assn, about 80 million people (that is 16% of the European population) suffer hearing loss. This condition is problematic in itself, but hearing loss is often associated with other diseases, like dementia, obesity, depression and diabetes. As an investigation and research, there will be about 466 million people are estimated living with hearing loss which is 6.1% of the world’s population. It is a seriously problem in our life, and therefore, it is necessary to know about the deafness and hearing loss.
More about the Hearing loss and deafness
A person is said to have hearing loss if they are not able to hear as well as someone with normal hearing - hearing thresholds of 20 dB or better in both ears. It can be mild, moderate, moderately severe, severe, or profound, and can affect one or both ears. Hearing loss has multiple potential causes: genetic factors, complications at birth, infectious disease, chronic ear infections, usage of certain drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and aging.
Hard of hearing and deaf
The term ‘deaf’ is used to describe the condition of people with severe or profound hearing loss in both ears as they can hear only very loud sounds or not hear anything at all.
The term ‘hard of hearing’ is used to describe the condition of people with mild to severe hearing impairment as they cannot hear as well as those with normal hearing.
Ear and hearing care
Ear and hearing care includes comprehensive, evidence-based interventions to prevent, identify and treat ear diseases and hearing loss; and to rehabilitate and support people with hearing loss through the health system and in collaboration with other systems.
The term encompasses a diverse set of interventions that can benefit people with untreatable hearing loss. These include: hearing aids, cochlear implants, other assistive devices, sign language, auditory training, speech and language therapy and captioning.
As the hearing technology developing nowadays, the hearing aids devices are recommended as enhancement for hearing loss or ear deafness. The Hearing aids can benefit most people with hearing loss, from the very mild to the most severe. They decrease the difficulties and frustrations often associated with hearing loss by improving your ability to listen and communicate effectively. Hearing aids reduce stress and allow you to focus on your everyday life activities.
If you have mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss in one ear then a conventional hearing aid is the most common treatment option. However, as hearing aids require some degree of useable hearing, they can’t help in the case of not hear anything at all.
There are different hearing aids brands of Resound, Widex , Phonak ,Oticon,Beltone,Starkey,Newsound,Earsmate etc., different hearing aids types of BTE,ITE,CIC,ITC or rechargeable batteries for different hearing loss degree.
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